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TAIPEI DINING FEATURE
TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE,January 2005

 

Da Lu An Aborigine Restaurant
*111, Guan Hai Blvd., Bali Xiang (township), Taipei County
*(02) 2610-5300
*Hours: 10 am-12 am (all week)
*Credit cards accepted; Parking available
Website: www.daluan.com.tw

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By Leslie Tseng Translated by Cara Steenstra

In the aboriginal Amis tribal language, "Da Lu An" means a place of rest in a work area. Nowadays, however, it has been reinterpreted as a rest area for the heart and soul within the city's concrete jungle.


A group of Amis Aborigines from Taitung spent a year building their dream restaurant brick by brick, tile by tile, and opened it on October 24 this year. The exterior fully reflects Amis tribal customs, the focal point being the aboriginal patterns on the front door and entrance. The building has three levels, with a view of the Tamsui River from the second floor.


Almost all the decorations and utensils on the three floors were brought to Bali township from Taitung. The original wooden tables and chairs, bamboo water containers, colorful shells and stones used as wall decorations, hanging knitted bamboo lanterns, the big red boat suspended from the ceiling, and the aboriginal costumes are all the creative effort of this Amis group and not the work of a professional designer. Thus, they bring their artistic culture, as well as their positive spirit and enthusiasm for life to the busy city.


This Chinese-style restaurant makes use of Amis tribal wild game fare, creating a unique type of Taiwanese cuisine not easily found in most restaurants. Especially worth mentioning among the authentic Amis-style cuisine is the exquisite NT$8,000 14-course set menu, including the Amis Antipasto (seaweed, coolie hat shellfish, fresh oyster, small octopus), Original Flavor Abai (Ami steamed rice dumpling), Eupatorium Yogurt, Triple Fried Dish (sugar cane bee, cricket and ant rolls), and the Stuffed Chicken Roasted in a Pail. All these exciting dishes are sure to give your taste buds some new sensations.


There are also daily live Amis band performances of popular songs and aboriginal folk tunes, allowing you to enjoy some great Aborigine vocals while indulging in some tasty treats. This pleasing combination makes Da Lu An an ideal, relaxing place to experience the passion of the Amis people on more than one level.

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